The Orion Gazette
August 23-August 27
Aug 26 4:30-5:30 School Site Council via zoom
Sep 2 Back to School Night 6:00-7:15 Virtual via Zoom for each classroom
Sep 6 Labor Day No School
Sep 8 Parent Participation Kindergarten University 5:00-6:00pm via zoom
Sep 9 Mandarin Immersion Kindergarten University 6:00-7:00pm via zoom
Sep 17 Picture Day for grades k-2
Sep 24 Picture Day for grades 3-5
A Message from Principal Katherine Rivera
Dear Families of Orion Alternative School,
The first week of school was a tremendous success. I would like to take this opportunity to share my feelings with you when I saw our children entering the campus building. It was a moment of delight and excitement! The campus was vibrant again with students’ cheerfulness. It seemed like they brought life back to campus and, thus this week we started our new school year with a wonderful and smooth start. The credit of this organized start goes to the entire staff, district operations team, and our dedicated parents and community.
A few important things to note are listed below.
Students School timings are:
Kindergarten: Every day, Monday-Friday (no early release on Thursdays for kindergarten)
Early Group 8:15-1:00
Late Group 9:15-2:00
Warning bell 8:13
School begins at 8:15
Warning bell 8:23
School begins 8:25
Dismissal at 2:40
Office Hours: Our Front office loves to help you. Please email and call to schedule an appointment with our office staff at 650-482-2406 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If parents/guardians need to stop by the school a visitor health screening form will need to be completed before entering a building.
The office staff hours are 8:00 am-3:30 pm Monday-Friday. Phone messages are checked daily.
Communication: Please feel free to email Principal Katherine Rivera at email@example.com daily or Assistant Principal Kathie Nguyen at firstname.lastname@example.org on Mondays /Tuesdays for any questions, feedback, or a meeting. I believe in clear communication and would like to partner with you for the success of your child’s social-emotional and academic growth.
At this time, all meetings are virtual via Google Meet or Zoom.
The Orion School handbook https://www.rcsdk8.net/Domain/2762 has been prepared to provide a convenient reference for basic and essential information concerning the policies, procedures, and programs of the school. Bo
Principal Katherine Rivera
The California Department of Public Health and San Mateo County Public Health Department will continue to reassess and reevaluate our protocols and mandates as the school year continues. Our district website is updated daily, so please read for the latest updates.
Daily Health Forms
Soon we will move to an electronic version through the Powerschool Parent portal. Information will be shared in the near future with all families.
Orion School Welcomes New Teaching Staff this year
Teacher Cindy Lin
Cindy joined the Parent Participation 4th-grade teaching team this year.
Mr. Nico Eaglin
Mr. NIco joined the Mandarin Immersion grades 4-5 teacher team.
Jiali Han joined the Mandarin Immersion grades 4-5 teacher team.
School Site Council
Thursday, Aug. 26th, 4:30pm
This is an online event.
Meeting ID: 568 380 5514
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All welcome to attend.
The agenda will be sent home early this week via email to families
Proactive Rapid Antigen Screening Testing for all RCSD Employees and Students: Tuesdays (1:45-4:30) and Thursdays (1:45-3:30) located at Kennedy and Hoover
Families interested in participating will need to register with Primary Health, the provider that will administer the testing for the district, and accept and sign the parental consent form. Parents need to access the Primary Health Student registration form here to consent permission for testing. For your convenience, we have included here this Fact Sheet for Patients of Rapid Antigen Testing.
RCSD students participating in in-person learning will have the option to be tested for COVID-19 free of charge once the parent signs the parent consent form. Rapid test results will generally be available within one hour. Parents will receive a message when the test result is available for both negative and positive cases. If additional laboratory-based testing is needed, parents will be notified. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, parents will be advised to consult with the family’s healthcare provider. As a reminder, any student who experiences symptoms should not come to school.
Proactive Rapid Antigen Screening Testing for all RCSD Employees and Students:
Tuesdays (1:45-4:30) and Thursdays (1:45-3:30) located at Kennedy and Hoover
8/28 School Social @ Pub in the Park
9/16 Starship PTO Meeting 7:30pm
9/17 Mid-Autumn Festival
9/24 Parent Coffee
Thank you to everyone who joined us on Sunday for our first Annual Maker Picnic on Sunday. It was a wonderful day with a fantastic turnout. Kids and families decorated rocks, wooden tiles and intention cards and decorated the sidewalks and fences with hearts. It was an amazing way to end the summer and celebrate the beginning of the new year. Ask your kids if they have noticed the friendship garden on campus!
We also enjoyed a great coffee this week after drop-offs. Parent Coffees are a great way to connect and get to know other families. We will have another coffee at Red Morton next month, join us!!
School Social at RWC Pub in the Park August 28
Join us for a school social at Red Morton’s Pub in the Park. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for a picnic-style afternoon, with live music, lawn games and food trucks! https://www.redwoodcity.org/residents/redwood-city-events/pub-in-the-park-4124
Donate to Starship PTO
See Flyer below for more detail about our Fundraising this year!
Your donations are how we are able to provide a more enriched educational experience for our students.
We suggest donation levels that fit your family's budget. We encourage families to be as generous as possible and donations in any amount are welcome and appreciated!
Paypal Link for Donations: https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2207235
Yard Duty Volunteers and Traffic Volunteers Needed
To keep the drop-off and pick running smoothly and to support the playground during lunch and recess, parent volunteers are needed. Please notify Principal Katherine if you are interested in volunteering and please sign up on Konstella for the Safety Traffic Committee.
Volunteering on Campus
In addition to traffic and yard duty, this year we will need parent volunteers for the following programs when allowed under the San Mateo County Pandemic Framework for Schools.
Los Dichos: Spanish Heritage literature program
Art in Action: Art in class curriculum
STEAM projects: In a class or designed by our new STEAM TOSA
Garden: Manage garden and support teachers in utilizing space in curriculum planning
Parent volunteers must be cleared with the district to be alone with children. We recommend all parents obtain full volunteer clearance. Jennifer Sandoval at the District Office can check if you are cleared: Jsandoval@rcsdk8.net
Here are the steps to getting cleared if you are not yet, or need TB test updating
Volunteer Requirements https://www.rcsdk8.net/Page/9629
We recommend all parents get cleared for volunteering, as the clearance stays with you until your last child leaves the district
Mid-Autumn Festival Twilight Gathering September 17th, 6-8 pm, Stafford Park:
Join our school-wide community for a gathering to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, a time-honored tradition that started over 2,000 years ago to mark the autumn harvest according to the Lunar calendar. Families will enjoy mooncakes and lanterns, and we'll also have craft supplies for kids to decorate lanterns. Feel free to bring a dinner picnic for yourselves, or individually packaged treats to share.
Join the fun at the 35th Annual Orion Campout 10/8-10/11, Memorial Park:
Join this fun weekend event getting to know other families in a beautiful natural setting. Bring your tent or trailer and camp a night or three, or just come for the day. Families are responsible for their own camping equipment and meals.
The campsite we have reserved has limited occupancy. If there are more sign-ups than spots available, we will hold a lottery. Fifth-grade families will be given priority if it is their family's last year at Orion/MI
Detailed information and payment information will be forwarded to the families who have gotten spots. A waitlist will be established for those who do not win a spot in the lottery. Payments for the campout will be collected once a final list is established.
Sign-ups due September 16th: https://forms.gle/TiZ5WsL4JK8dqWns8
QUESTIONS: Tanaya Mills - email@example.com - 650-430-9320
Remember, all parents, teachers, and staff are automatically members of Starship. Please join us at our monthly PTO meetings and share your voice! Any questions or ideas, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great weekend!
Back to School Night - Thursday September 2 6:00-7:15
Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 6-7:15pm
This is an online event.
The link to Back to School for each classroom will be shared the week of August 30.